the perks of being a florentine {pisa}

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i think that one of the best parts about being in florence is that it's so central that it's possible to travel a lot and still experience florence itself. last tuesday i got up early for a doctor's appointment, wandered around florence to find souvenirs for my family back home, left for pisa around noon and was back in time for dinner.

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going east, back to florence

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going west

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dear ol' giuseppe, per usual

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a reference for its crookedness

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the duomo and the baptistry

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campostano cemetery

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the baptistry

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campo dei miracoli

or, field of miracles

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i really love taking advantage of how close florence is to most everything.

take the train an hour or two

west

, and hit the

mediterranean

.

ride

north

, and find bologna and other lovely

northern cities

.

head

south

to find the loveliest

hill towns

.

or, head

east

through the

mountains

and

before you know it you'll hit the

adriatic

.

i feel like i'm getting such a well-rounded feel of

first and foremost, florentine life;

but after that-

italian

culture.

italy is

so

diverse.

it has so much to offer and no matter where i go

there are endless amounts of wonderful things to discover.

and just from florence,

unless you take a long weekend trip way down south or way up north,

everything is close enough to visit and still come home at night.

that's right: "home."